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15:35 Lingfield

Heavy

Sovereign Handicap Hurdle (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £52030
  • 2m 0f 0y
  • Class 2
  • 12 runners
  • Win time: 4m 10s
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Sovereign Handicap Hurdle (GBB Race)

Runners: 12 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Mostly sunny

4/1 (Won)

  • Win: £3.75
  • Place: £1.50

Form: 117-P4 D

Last run: 34 days

W: 11st 10lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 139

Form & Verdict

Looked a budding star when bolting up in last season's Grade 1 Tolworth (heavy) but he rocketed back down to earth when nowhere in the Supreme at Cheltenham and his comeback run was no more encouraging; however, it was good to see him show a lot more at Ascot just before Christmas (travelled well on good to soft) and this deeper surface should be right up his street; probably retains untapped potential; big player.

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10th

2

9th Mar 2024

Heavy

1m 7f 216y

Class 2

14:25 Sandown

Metier

12st 0lb

J: Jonathan Burke

T: Harry Fry

Ran twice over hurdles last season and pulled up each time (including in this race); however, he races off his last winning mark (2m, heavy; January 2022) and won the Chester Cup on the Flat last May; can go well fresh and is not ruled out on this first outing since last October.

20/1

1st

8

(14)

12th May 2023

Soft

2m 2f 140y

Class 2

15:15 Chester

Metier

9st 1lb

J: Saffie Osborne

T: Harry Fry

Unraced here; it was heavy ground when he landed the 1m4f November Handicap at Doncaster last term and good to soft when excellent second at Musselburgh (1m6f) five weeks ago; has more to offer on the Flat (useful hurdler on his day) and he's worth a go at this test.

13/2

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10/1

  • Place: £2.30

Form: 10-613 D

Last run: 55 days

W: 11st 12lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 141

Form & Verdict

It was career-best form when keeping on strongly to win a 2m5f handicap at Cheltenham (good) in November and a tactical race wouldn't have been his cup of tea when a close third of four runners off this 7lb higher mark at Newbury; heavy ground holds no fears; respected.

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6th

8

14th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 7f 213y

Class 1

14:10 Cheltenham

Gowel Road

11st 2lb

J: Tom Bellamy

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

Upped to 3m/2m7f this season and running creditably, without being quite in top form; tongue-tie enlisted at Exeter on heavy going last time and he rallied well for fourth; this race demands a lot more, though.

25/1

4th

2

11th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 7f 25y

Class 2

15:35 Exeter

Gowel Road

11st 6lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

Upped to 3m/2m7f this season and running creditably, without being quite in top form (one of his best efforts was on heavy); needs to find a bit extra and is tongue tied for the first time.

13/2

7/2

  • Place: £1.80

Form: 112552 D

Last run: 55 days

W: 10st 12lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 127

Form & Verdict

Dual bumper winner going the right way over hurdles judged on his near-miss in a 2m4f handicap at Fairyhouse in November (keeping on); no surprise to see him now deliver a career-best run for his ultra-shrewd Irish trainer with an outstanding strike-rate in Britain; respected, for all that he's unraced on ground softer than yielding.

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9th

9

2nd Mar 2024

Soft

2m 0f 128y

Class 4

16:50 Doncaster

Carrarea

11st 7lb

J: Edward Austin

T: Hannah McMahon

Won twice in novice company at Market Rasen for Mark Walford last spring but left that yard after some lesser efforts and struggled (albeit on heavy ground) on last month's stable debut.

66/1

7th

6

12th Feb 2024

Heavy

1m 7f 156y

Class 3

15:30 Catterick

Carrarea

11st 6lb

J: Edward Austin

T: Hannah McMahon

in touch with leaders

50/1

6th

1

(4)

13th Oct 2023

Standard To Slow

1m 2f 42y

Class 5

16:52 Newcastle (AW)

Carrarea

9st 11lb

J: Joanna Mason

T: Mark Walford

Useful hurdler, winning twice for this yard in the summer (well short of his best the last twice); blew the start in one Flat run for Emmet Mullins in Ireland 426 days ago; not easily recommended.

20/1

Form: 3121-6 D

Last run: 25 days

W: 11st 3lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 132

Form & Verdict

French winner who turned many heads in winning a juvenile hurdle at Wetherby in December 2020 by a distance and they were good horses he left trailing; after a full year on the sidelines, he ran as though the race was needed on his handicap debut at Kempton and better can be expected here.

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4

11th Feb 2023

Good

2m 0f 69y

Class 1

15:35 Newbury

Hacker Des Places

11st 8lb

J: Angus Cheleda

T: Paul Nicholls

Held on for neck win under regular rider Angus Cheleda at Cheltenham (2m1f, soft) two weeks ago, building on his Ascot reappearance effort (behind Highway One O Two) and taking record to 5-11; appears to handle good ground; progressive sort who enters calculations under 5lb penalty.

1st

6

28th Jan 2023

Soft

2m 0f 179y

Class 2

16:10 Cheltenham

Hacker Des Places

10st 11lb

J: Angus Cheleda

T: Paul Nicholls

Ended last season with some very good efforts under Angus Cheleda, including one win on heavy and another in 16-runner handicap at Aintree festival (2m, good to soft) in April; good second to an easy winner at Ascot in October on return and may well be able to build on that; player.

9/2

Form: 558-79 D

Last run: 34 days

W: 10st 2lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 117

Form & Verdict

Should be on a very good mark but he's a better chaser than hurdler, as this season's efforts in this discipline seemingly confirm.

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3

18th Aug 2022

Good To Firm

2m 3f 98y

Class 2

14:40 Stratford

Destrier

11st 12lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

midfield, mistake and lost ground 8th, pushed along 10th, in rear and struggling 11th, behind when eased and pulled up after 3 out (trainer said, regarding the poor form shown, that the gelding was never travelling having jumped deliberate after having fallen on his previous run; vet said a post-race examination failed to reveal any abnormalities)

11/2

14

26th Jun 2022

Good

3m 2f 13y

Class 1

15:00 Uttoxeter

Destrier

10st 10lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

tracked leaders, went second 14th, pushed along and led 3 out, faced challenge 2 out, soon ridden, headed last, no extra run-in

7/1

3rd

6

29th May 2022

Good

2m 4f 0y

Class 2

15:31 Uttoxeter

Destrier

11st 5lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

Gained first win since 2019 when rallying on run-in to pip Barton Knoll at Aintree (2m4f, good; front pair clear) this month; remains unexposed over this trip and is still well handicapped on older form; must be considered.

4/1

Form: 13-161 CD

Last run: 32 days

W: 11st 6lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 135

Form & Verdict

Loves the mud and perhaps good to soft wasn't deep enough when below-par on his penultimate run; straight back in the good books with a decisive win over C&D (heavy) a month ago and he didn't jump the last hurdle like a tired horse; got off lightly with just a 3lb rise.

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3rd

7

9th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 4f 10y

Class 3

16:40 Sandown

Hudson De Grugy

11st 5lb

J: Niall Houlihan

T: Gary Moore

raced in second

13/2

3

15th Feb 2024

Soft

3m 0f 37y

Class 3

16:15 Sandown

Hudson De Grugy

11st 7lb

J: Niall Houlihan

T: Gary Moore

Acts on heavy; not all plain sailing but he's 4-9 at Sandown and was a respectable third here (2m) ten weeks ago back from wind surgery; big question is stamina as he's only once been beyond about 2m4f and that last of three finishers last February (2m7f, good) was not conclusive proof.

5/1

Form: 103-15 D

Last run: 13 days

W: 10st 13lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 128

Form & Verdict

Back with a bang at Exeter but had no obvious excuses when beaten 9l at Sandown on heavy ground that he handles; that was only 13 days ago, so wouldn't be the obvious answer.

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1st

11

5th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 1f 87y

Class 2

18:40 Musselburgh

Mack The Man

11st 1lb

J: Mr Kit Alexander

T: N W Alexander

Historically well handicapped and the first-time visor prompted a return to form when second at Ayr (2m, good to soft); whether he'll be as good as again remains to be seen and this is tougher.

10/1

2nd

2

8th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 5

14:30 Ayr

Mack The Man

12st 0lb

J: Mr Kit Alexander

T: N W Alexander

Made quite encouraging seasonal/stable debut over 2m4f here in December; two lesser efforts have followed (2m6f/2m1f; cheekpieces refitted last time) but he's sure to appreciate today's ease in grade; a possible if first-time visor has positive effect.

14/1

8th

5

15th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 0f 190y

Class 4

16:00 Newcastle

Mack The Man

11st 9lb

J: Mr Kit Alexander

T: N W Alexander

towards rear, midfield 4th

20/1

Form: 00-111 D

Last run: 47 days

W: 11st 7lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 136

Form & Verdict

Has looked a different horse this season in winning a trio of Irish handicap hurdles on soft or heavy ground, with Cork last time as convincing as any of them; handicap mark has gone through the roof but hard to be sure where his limitations lie.

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9th

5

26th Nov 2023

Soft

2m 5f 0y

14:50 Cork

Lucky Max

11st 5lb

J: Jordan Gainford

T: Sean Thomas Doyle

towards rear

15/2

4th

3

10th Nov 2023

Soft

2m 3f 120y

15:12 Down Royal

Lucky Max

11st 12lb

J: J J Slevin

T: Sean Thomas Doyle

Four-time winner over hurdles and beaten a nose in a Naas handicap in March; well beaten in a Punchestown handicap hurdle in April; out of his depth in the Galway Hurdle; did not seem to take to chasing last season, soundly beaten in races at Listowel and Gowran; best watched.

8/1

Form: 66-323 D

Last run: 22 days

W: 11st 0lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 129

Form & Verdict

Always goes well at Haydock so his remote third there 22 days ago was surprising, especially after running well behind an improver there the time before; will enjoy this ground but others are far more appealing for win purposes.

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0

1

23rd Dec 2023

Soft

2m 2f 191y

Class 4

11:45 Haydock

Chti Balko

12st 2lb

J: Abbie McCain

T: Donald McCain

Ended a losing run of three years when making all for a wide-margin win at Bangor this month (2m, soft); back up 6lb but he was runnning in stronger races than this not so long ago and is a triple course winner; no easy lead this time but bold bid likely.

3/1

1st

2

2nd Dec 2023

Soft

2m 0f 145y

Class 4

13:11 Bangor-on-Dee

Chti Balko

12st 1lb

J: Abbie McCain

T: Donald McCain

Front-running veteran who has not won since December 2020 but he's finished runner-up in three of his last four starts including at Sedgefield (2m4f, soft) on his return two weeks ago; remains well treated on old form and he should go well again back in trip.

8/1

2nd

2

16th Nov 2023

Soft

2m 3f 188y

Class 4

15:40 Sedgefield

Chti Balko

12st 0lb

J: Abbie McCain

T: Donald McCain

prominent, led 2nd, joined 2 out, soon headed, ridden approaching last, kept on run-in

5/1

Form: 083530

Last run: 54 days

W: 10st 8lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 123

Form & Verdict

Heavy-ground winner for John Gosden, for whom he also won a Group 3; 0-12 under both codes for Emmet Mullins but was placed at Cork under similarly testing conditions in November; good ground perhaps too lively last time.

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11

13th Mar 2023

Yielding

2m 4f 199y

13:20 Thurles

Sevenna Star

11st 12lb

J: Dillon Maxwell

T: Andrew McNamara

in touch with leaders

33/1

10

16th Feb 2023

Yielding

2m 4f 0y

17:00 Clonmel

Sevenna Star

11st 12lb

J: Dillon Maxwell

T: Andrew McNamara

Neither effort in beginners chases in October much to write home about; others preferred.

33/1

Form: F13-8P D

Last run: 49 days

W: 11st 5lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 134

Form & Verdict

Won't mind getting back on testing ground but he's performed poorly in two handicap chases this season and an act of faith needed to remain loyal with him back over hurdles following wind surgery; tongue-tie also a first.

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3rd

5

1st Oct 2022

Good To Soft

2m 3f 49y

Class 2

15:45 Fontwell

Antunes

10st 13lb

J: Harry Reed

T: Milton Harris

in touch with leaders, went third before 3 out, ridden home turn, held from 2 out, weakened run-in

8/1

8th

17

7th May 2022

Good To Soft

1m 7f 144y

Class 1

15:00 Haydock

Antunes

10st 2lb

J: Harry Reed

T: Milton Harris

4th

3

17th Apr 2022

Good

1m 7f 195y

Class 2

16:35 Plumpton

Antunes

11st 1lb

J: Harry Reed

T: Milton Harris

Two chase wins this spring and the latest, at Newbury this month, came off 9lb higher; however, he was beaten off this mark over hurdles before that which tempers confidence, even though he is clearly in fine form.

8/1

Form: 5-2323 D

Last run: 48 days

W: 10st 7lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 122

Form & Verdict

Finished last in an AW handicap only 17 days ago and wasn't really threatening in handicap hurdles prior to that, beaten 16l (by Hudson De Grugy), 10l and 13l in his last three; probably placed at best if he's lucky.

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1st

2

1st Sep 2023

Good

2m 1f 162y

Class 4

15:38 Fontwell

Thibault

11st 12lb

J: Jamie Moore

T: Adam West

set steady pace, increased tempo after 3 out, ridden when faced challenge after 2 out, kept on well final 110yds

5/1

5th

3

10th Aug 2023

Good To Soft

1m 6f 44y

Class 6

20:23 Salisbury

Thibault

10st 2lb

J: Sean Kirrane

T: Adam West

Versatile ground-wise; multiple wins for yard include a 2m handicap on the Flat at Chepstow in April 2022 but his latest win was over hurdles that May and he hasn't shone so far this year; others more obvious.

12/1

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Tricast £757.20
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Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Metier

Daily Express:

Gowel Road

POSTDATA:

Hudson De Grugy

Telegraph:

Carrarea

The Guardian:

Lucky Max

The Times:

Hacker Des Places

The Star:

Gowel Road

Daily Record:

Hudson De Grugy

RP Ratings:

Metier

TOPSPEED:

Metier

WEST COUNTRY:

Metier

Daily Mail:

Metier

Daily Mirror:

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The Sun:

Metier